Battle Creek Transportation Center

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Battle Creek Transportation Center
Battle creek amtrak station.jpg
Location 119 McCamly Street South
Battle Creek, MI 49017
United States
Coordinates 42°19′05″N 85°11′16″W / 42.31806°N 85.18778°W / 42.31806; -85.18778Coordinates: 42°19′05″N 85°11′16″W / 42.31806°N 85.18778°W / 42.31806; -85.18778
Line(s) Michigan Line
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Bus operators Thruway Motorcoach
Indian Trails
Greyhound Lines
Construction
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code BTL
History
Rebuilt 12 June 2012
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 42,894[1]Decrease 8%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Blue Water
toward Port Huron
Wolverine
toward Pontiac, MI
  Former services  
toward Chicago
International Limited
toward Toronto

Battle Creek Transportation Center is an intermodal station in Battle Creek, Michigan, used by Amtrak, Indian Trails and Greyhound Lines.[2] It is at the split between the routes of Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine passenger trains. The International Limited, which had started in 1982 as joint operation by Via Rail and Amtrak between Chicago and Toronto, was discontinued in 2004.[3]

History[edit]

The current Amtrak station was built to replace two older train stations, the Battle Creek Grand Trunk Station[4][5] and the Michigan Central Railroad Depot (also known as the Penn Central Railway Station). The Michigan Central Railroad depot has been on the National Register of Historic Places since April 16, 1971, while the Grand Trunk Depot has been on the NRHP since 1980.

In September 2010, the state of Michigan got $3.6 million from the federal government to refurbish the station, including renovations to parts of the interior and exterior and bringing the station to ADA standards.[6] On August 3, 2011, a temporary station operated out of a trailer to the northwest of the station building was planned to open while renovations took place for the next nine months.[7]

The new station, which opened on 12 June 2012, features a new entrance and passenger drop-off area, secure long-term parking lot, improved exterior lighting and landscaping. The interior was completely remodeled, with office space for Amtrak and other tenants and an upgraded passenger waiting area.[8]

Eight Amtrak trains serve Battle Creek daily, with three round-trips from Chicago to Detroit/Pontiac on the Wolverine Service, one Blue Water round-trip from Chicago to Port Huron, and Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches to and from Flint.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "MDOT puts Battle Creek Intermodal Transportation Center". michigan.gov. Michigan Department of Transportation. June 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Matt Melzer (23 April 2004). "Final Run of the Amtrak / VIA International". TrainWeb.org. Retrieved August 2015. From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Battle Creek Grand Trunk Station (Michigan Passenger Stations) Archived January 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ The Battle Creek Grand Trunk Depot (Community Action Alliance)
  6. ^ "Michigan wins federal grant to rehabilitate Battle Creek station". Trains Magazine. September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jul 29, 2011: Hotline No. 717". NARP. July 29, 2011. Archived from the original on August 1, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Battle Creek, Michigan, Amtrak Station Now Transformed and Open" (PDF). Amtrak. June 12, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 

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